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Morning Money Matters: Sony offers free id theft protection/games for PlayStation users

Friday, May 27, 2011

Sony doesn't want to play games when it comes to your security, so when hackers attacked their PlayStation Network, they promised to do something about it. And now, they are.

The company is offering a year of free identity theft protection for all customers who had an active account as of April 20, 2011. That's when criminals hacked into the network, getting access to the personal information of more than 100 million users. To help make up for that and to protect you from any future potential issues, Sony would like to offer you free enrollment into their AllClear ID Plus program for one year. You might have already gotten an email with instructions, but if you didn't, you can find the link to sign up under the Find It button and on the bottom of this page. You have until June 28, 2011 to take Sony up on their offer.

Company leaders also want to offer customers something else as restitution: free games. The network was down for weeks, so Sony will offer users free downloads from the PlayStation Store. That store is still shut down, but the company promises it won't be long before it's back up and running. You should have access to it by the end of the month, and they hope you accept the free games as a big "I'm sorry."

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